2010: 391,906, #46 in U.S., #2 in Oklahoma

1950: 182,740, #51 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 937,478, #54 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 251,686, #78 in U.S.


The Tulsa area, along the Arkansas River, was first settled in 1828-36 by Native Americans who had been forcibly removed from Alabama to Indian Territory. The first post office was in 1879, and the land was officially opened to non-Native settlers in 1892. Tulsa now has a RiverWalk along the Arkansas River.


Tallest building: BOK Tower, 667 feet (1976)

List of tallest buildings

Downtown Tulsa has several Art Deco buildings from the time of the 1920s oil boom.


Tulsa has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak has no service to Tulsa. The old Union Depot (1931) is now used for offices.


The Gilcrease Museum of the Americas is northwest of downtown, and the Philbrook Museum of Art is southeast of downtown. The Woody Guthrie Center (2013) is downtown.

Downtown Tulsa
(Photo by Caleb Long)


Tulsa has no downtown movie theaters. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center (1977) hosts the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Opera, and touring Broadway shows. The Brady Theater and Theatre Tulsa are also downtown.


The Tulsa Drillers, Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, play at ONEOK Field (2010). The BOK Center (2008) hosts sporting events and concerts.

Map of Downtown Tulsa

Downtown Tulsa

Convention and Visitors Bureau